Bamboo drinking straws are completely Eco-friendly and in comparison to plastic straws, they are much better for the environment. This is because bamboo is naturally growing and doesn’t contribute to landfill like plastic does. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth making it a sustainable material. Another aspect that makes the material eco is down to the fact that no artificial fertilisers or chemicals are needed for the harvesting of bamboo and this means that the cultivation is natural and never harms the environment.
Paper is of course a better choice than plastic and whilst it is considered safer for all marine life In the sea. In the processing of paper, a lot of chemicals are used and this includes bleaching agents which are not environmentally friendly. Despite the efforts to swap plastic straws out for paper straws, paper that has been in contact with food waste is not recyclable and is disposable which results in more waste.
In comparison to paper and plastic straws, bamboo is also the best choice for health. Plastic has many known carcinogens that pose numerous health risks, and paper also has additional chemicals added to it that are also not very good for you. Bamboo is overall is a healthier choice as it does not have any nasty’s added, as mentioned above no fertilisers or chemicals are needed. You should however only buy bamboo straws from a reputable seller.
Jungle Straws is a trusted company who work alongside Vietnamese farms and artisans to manufacture and supply SGS certified, food safe bamboo straws, bamboo cutlery and coconut bowls. They sell bamboo straws and Eco friendly products to retail and wholesale customers worldwide and take care of all of their engraving and personalisation in-house from their facility close to London.
How long bamboo straws last? Bamboo straws are reusable and are a hard wearing material. They are strong and if cared for can last a long time. In fact bamboo is so strong that in various regions of Asia, they use thick bamboo for scaffolding. When your straw does come to the end of its life, it is biodegradable and can be added to your compost heap. Bamboo is naturally anti-odour which makes it a perfect material for straws.
Your bamboo straw won’t take on the smell of your last drink. The most common materials used for making straws are paper and let's face it they don’t last long, usually they don’t even last the first drink. Halfway through its first use, your straw will swell up and go soggy in your drink. The other material is plastic and these are also a one time use. There is more information about how to care for bamboo straws correctly to make them last longer on the jungle culture website.
Bamboo is similar to wood and has unique character in its grain, this also means that no two straws look exactly the same, which is why they make such good gifts. Bamboo straws can be personalised for weddings, events, cafes and bars and so much more. As people think more consciously about the environment, this in turn creates demand for sustainable gifts and bamboo straws and pouches can be the perfect gift for the Eco warrior, and for the planet.
Naturally antibacterial & anti-fungal
Finally, bamboo straws are naturally antibacterial and because it's antibacterial, you don’t have to worry as much about bacteria building up. Although you should occasionally use the rod provided to clean the inside of them, they are also dishwasher safe, and as they are anti-fungal they will be less susceptible to mold.
About Jungle Straws | Jungle Culture
Chris and Jamie, the co-founders of Jungle Straws and Jungle Culture, met in 2016 whilst travelling. Two Brits with a mutual passion for travel and exploration, they quickly became friends and bonded over their love for travel and their shared goal to make a positive difference in the world. Having travelled to a combined total of over 73 countries, they had each witnessed first-hand the damage caused by single use plastic across the globe.
Their vision was to create an ethical and sustainable business that would make it easy for others to reduce their plastic use and to be part of the wider movement towards a plastic-free future. After a year of brainstorming, lots of research, and multiple trips to the countryside in Vietnam, Jungle Straws was born. Ever since its inception, Jungle Straws has aimed to support, educate, and inspire individuals and businesses to make the switch to reusable and sustainable alternatives to plastic.
Chris and Jamie work closely with their Vietnamese manufacturers and designers to capture the essence of their craft and to ensure the entire business is built on ethics, equality and transparency. Jungle Straws is proud to be a zero waste company, with a growing range of organic products that focus on style, sustainability and practicality, helping to change habits and make a positive difference one sip at a time. Get your set of bamboo straws.